This lesson is designed to accompany the MFA's Art of China guided tour, which focuses on the MFA’s rich collection of Chinese art, spanning from the Bronze Age to the present day.
Abstract: This lesson is designed to accompany the MFA's Art of China guided tour, which focuses on the MFA’s rich collection of Chinese art, spanning from the Bronze Age to the present day.
Description: Students will explore the role of continuity and tradition in Chinese culture, how technological innovations shaped Chinese art, and the influence of Buddhism in art. Students will also visit a recreated Ming Dynasty house and courtyard.
Learning Goals: Through this lesson, students will discover/understand:
- How technology impacted the creation of art in China throughout the centuries;
- How tradition and ritual shaped the creation of Chinese art;
- How Confucianism and Buddhism influenced Chinese art;
- How Chinese values were expressed through traditional Chinese arts such as calligraphy and painting.
- Students will be introduced to and practice the skills of: Close looking and observation, expressing their ideas, and supporting their ideas by grounding them in a work of art.
Using this Resource: This lesson is recommended for students studying the history and culture of China.
The objects in this lesson are just a beginning. For sample related classroom activities, download the PDFs available under Related Resources. We encourage you to explore the Museum's online collection through this web resource—or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries—to look for other objects that will provide further insights into the relationship between words and images.